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Fresh? Or Not?!

Fresh? Or Not?!

Fresh… or not? How to tell?

When you’re buying coffee – or wondering if that bag of beans you’ve found in the back of the cupboard is still any good – there are a couple ways you can figure out if it’s fresh or not even before you taste it.

Read on to find out how to tell if your coffee is FRESH… or NOT.

Roadster - summer fun

Roadster - summer fun

Roadster. Fun for the summer.

Our newest seasonal coffee, Roadster, gets its exceptional taste from a Guatemalan coffee. Farmed with care on a small, family-owned farm and medium-roasted to bring out its sweetness and classic styling, this is a coffee you'll love.

Gold is Best. Yes. Ecuador Gold now in season.

Gold is Best. Yes. Ecuador Gold now in season.

Ecuador Gold is Best. Yes.

Ecuador Gold is a medium roast bean from a small collective in the Andes that was started to help the local farmers recover economically after the 2016 earthquake.

Only 20 sacks of coffee were produced last season. We are so lucky that we got our hands on some! And you can, too - but just for a very short time….

Goldilocks & the 3 water temperatures

Goldilocks & the 3 water temperatures

Too hot, too cold, just right….

After Goldilocks had eaten the bears’ porridge, she decided to make coffee.

The first time she boiled the kettle and poured it right away, using water that was too hot.  “Oh!” she cringed, “this coffee is bitter.”

So she  made more coffee, without heating the water again. This time it was too cold.  “Oh!” she said, making a disappointed face, “this coffee is sour and weak.”

The third time she heated the kettle to a boil then let it cool for just under a minute before she poured it. “Ah!” she sighed, sipping her java contentedly, “this coffee is just right.”

And that’s all you need to know.

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on an expensive kettle.  But you can if you want to!

ACE is now in season

ACE is now in season

Ace: in season right now

This coffee is like an ACE up your sleeve

Dark & smoky beans from Sumatra balanced with sweetness from Colombia. Give it a try while it’s in season.

In Season: Spring Break

In Season: Spring Break

Spring Break Coffee: in season right now

it'll put a spring in your step

A clean, rich, bittersweet blend of coffees from Guatemala and Nicaragua. In season for a short time, don't miss out. Get some here...

Keep it clean (talking about your coffee machine)

Keep it clean (talking about your coffee machine)

Keep your coffee tasting great!

  • Use good quality, fresh roasted beans (check out our selection here - we'll mail them to you whenever you need)
  • clean your coffee maker after every use - just wash out the coffee pot and brew basket with soap and water
  • do a deep clean by running vinegar and water through once in a while. How often should you do a deep clean? At least once a year. Every couple months if you're using it daily. Monthly if you're using it for several pots a day.

Read on for a little more detail on how to deep clean your coffee machine...